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Old 09-07-2017, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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To this day, Stephen King is still irked by the fact that because of Stanley Kubrick's genius, the film version of “The Shining” long ago usurped the book within pop culture. He can't stop criticizing the film and Kubrick.

Kubrick did the impossible by making a movie that was far better than the book.
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Old 09-07-2017, 12:46 PM
 
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I always thought the Shining was overrated. It was a good movie, but by no means a classic. Some of the better adaptations are his lesser known writings like Shawshank and Stand By Me. His huge hits like It and Pet Sematary kind of sucked. I thought the Mist was pretty good and as campy as it was I liked the first Salem's Lot.
So far Mr. Mercedes is an excellent TV adaptation while the remake of the Mist is almost unwatchable. Most of the reason for his writings not being well adapted is the God awful casting.
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:18 PM
 
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To this day, Stephen King is still irked by the fact that because of Stanley Kubrick's genius, the film version of “The Shining” long ago usurped the book within pop culture. He can't stop criticizing the film and Kubrick.

Kubrick did the impossible by making a movie that was far better than the book.
In YOUR opinion, of course.

BTW, how do you know that the movie was better than the book when, by your own admission, you never read the book?
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:27 PM
 
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It has some very, very good moments. The vampire at the window is even a classic moment. But Barlow himself --- who is so charismatically evil and formidable in the book --- is just an ooga-booga closet monster in the movie. Also major loss of points for not a single scene looking like it was actually in Maine. But the Hollywood backlot was a major feature of all 1970s TV.

Yeah, there's a slight campy quotient that never goes full tilt, which is good. But where the backlot is concerned, you have to forgive that. TV movies back then only got so much money to work with. Nowadays, Game of Thrones and the sort have budgets and effects comparable to feature films. Night and day.
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:50 PM
 
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The TV version of Salem's Lot
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Old 09-08-2017, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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The TV version of Salem's Lot
'Salem's Lot is in my top 5 for SK stories.
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Old 09-09-2017, 02:47 AM
 
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I rather enjoyed a few of the SK adaptations, even if they didn't follow the book. Often times it's difficult to squeeze so much into such a short movie. Some of the longer movies didn't quite pan out though, and actually were pretty uncomfortable to watch.


The ones I liked were:


Thinner
Cujo
The Shawshank Redemption
Sleepwalkers
Misery (my #1)
Apt Pupil
Stand by Me
Silver Bullet
Christine
Creepshow
Secret Window


The ones I wasn't so pleased with were:


Carrie
The Dead Zone
Maximum Overdrive
Firestarter
Salem's Lot (1&2)
Dolores Claiborne
Cell
Dreamcatcher
When I think about SK movies I initially think of two movies......one is one of the three best movies made since 1990 (IMO), and the other is THE worst movie I have ever seen. Both of them are on your lists.

One of the three best movies made since 1990, IMO............The Shawshank Redemption

THE worst movie I have ever seen.....................................Maximum Overdrive
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:08 AM
 
Location: Texas
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That's because most people have never read the book. They don't care if the movie is unlike the book. They don't care that Stephen King didn't like it. I'm one of them. I think the movie is brilliant. I've never read a Stephen King novel and never will.


SK books you should read:

The Stand
Salem's Lot
Pet Sematary
IT
The Shining
The Eyes of the Dragon
Misery
The Long Walk

They're just good books.

The Salem's Lot movie was utter garbage.
I thought The Stand was ok.
Misery was good.
Pet Sematary...decent.
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Old 09-09-2017, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Salem's Lot
There's actually two apostrophes - the first is because 'Salem's Lot is short for Jerusalem's Lot.
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